BIPCEA Members gearing up for the 2nd planning meeting in Addis Ababa scheduled for the 23rd to 24th of January 2012. Happy and prosperous new year wishes to all Members!
Get on the bus team, it’s coming soon!
Tekle and Linda will attend a Training Course to Build African Capacity in Access and Benefit Sharing from 10th to 14th October organised by ABS Africa and Strathmore University in collaboration with the Environmental Evaluation Unit, UCT South Africa. Look out for the training docs which will be posted asap!
BIPCEA Project Inception Meeting 29-30 Sept. 2011 Kampala, Uganda
Ssebo! What an event this was! The Project kicked off with a high-energy inception meeting hosted at the UNCST Headquarters, officiated by Hon. Matia Kasaija, Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development (Planning), Government of Uganda. Meeting docs posted under Project Documents.
The Bioscience Innovation Policy Consortium for Eastern Africa – BIPCEA (pronounced “bipsi”) is a 3-year Project (commenced 2011) under BioInnovate Thematic Area 4 “Bio-Resources Innovation Policy and Sustainable Analysis“. It is a Consortium Project implemented by National Science Councils (Uganda National Council for Science and Technology – Lead Partner; National Council for Science and Technology, Kenya); Commissions and Ministries of Science and Technology in the region (Directorate of Science, Technology and Research, Rwanda; Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology; Ministry of Science and Technology, Ethiopia) closely working with regional STI policy organizations and international research organizations – the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) and the Stockholm Environment Institute in Sweden (SEI).
The activities of the BIPCEA Project span from strategic policy studies to rendering practical policy support to BioInnovate partner Projects in the region. It aims to establish the extent to which BioInnovate partner organizations can play leading roles in advancing bioscience innovations for the socio-economic development of Eastern Africa; and also examine what specifically would be required from them to play a catalytic role in the innovation process. These issues will be explored through a number of strategies including establishing a regional bioscience platform for dialogue, advocacy and information exchange, and supporting BioInnovate projects with appropriate tools to help them overcome policy challenges associated with their Projects and Organizations.